Pit Registry for Veterans and Servicemembers
This is the first in a series of stories
bringing light to the dark side of the
VA’s treatment of some Veterans
applying for disability. Whether out
of frustration, desperation, anger, or
‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice.
These are actual cases and claims.
I have changed names and identifying information for confidentiality reasons.
This came to my attention yesterday along with some comments about this
‘Modernization” from various from well-respected veterans advocates around the country:
“Why does this bring me more concern than comfort…”
“Isn’t anyone concerned that VA will lose data on old “closed cases”
by digitizing he old claims before someone re-opens the claims?”
So VA is apparently removing some 310,000 inactive
C-files for conversion to digital format.
Kind of strikes me that creates 310,000 opportunities for error to occur…
Jim: Another sad but true email--this one was waiting for me this morning.
I think it speaks volumes about the actual VA experience for many.
Hi Drew: You may not remember me but (redacted name of another veterans attorney) had
given me your name and we had spoken last year about applying for VA widow’s
benefits for my Mom. I just wanted to thank you for the information. Unfortunately by the
time they processed everything and finally approved her case and deposited the
first check this February, she had just passed away. However, I wanted to tell you that
we really appreciated your input - that VA site and the process is a hard thing to navigate.
With regards, XXXXXXXX
OK, take a look at this latest Proposed rule by VA. It would have VA acquisition regulations
mirror those of the Federal acquisition regulations (or in layman’s terms—follow the same
rules that the rest of the Federal government follows for procurement actions).
On its face it makes sense, right? But why isn’t that already the case? Shouldn’t
VA already be following the same procedures as the rest of the
government in terms of contracting and purchasing? Looks like
there was some unnecessary duplication of effort, perhaps, in the past.
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Another reason you can't get your Vicodin refilled
Here at the VAWatchdog we receive a lot of questions
and comments from the veteran patients across America
who have suddenly had their narcotic prescriptions cut off.
We've alerted you to the fact that this isn't the VA cutting
you off, it's the DEA. There's a reason for the cutback
on narcotics...people are dying.
We'll keep you informed as this develops. Know that your
prescription for narcotics will end soon. Deal with it.
An influential group of doctors demanded a top-to-bottom change in the way
the U.S. handles addiction. Over 22 million Americans need
treatment for drugs or alcohol, but just 18 percent are getting it.
A deadly epidemic: Addiction to opioids has put an entire generation at risk
The grisly trend – fatalities from drug overdoses in Maine reached an all-time high
in 2016 – only seems to be getting worse, prompting one caregiver to lament:
‘Where is the outrage?’ This 10-part examination lays out the ramifications
of the crisis, mining answers from the human toll by telling the stories of those we’ve lost.
The number of opioid prescriptions has decreased in the past few years, after
more than a decade of explosive growth. This reflects new practice guidelines
underscoring opioids’ generally poor effectiveness at reducing chronic pain,
increased monitoring of prescribers by government and health-care
organizations, and widespread horror within and without
medicine over the epidemic of opioid-related deaths.
In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted
influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users,
a new study shows. Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse
dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana was permitted
for medicinal purposes, the analysis found. Hospitalization rates for
opioid overdoses dropped 13 percent on average.